Doha: A total of 130 swimmers from 23 countries will compete in the two-day FINA Swimming World Cup, which starts here at the Hamad Aquatic Centre on Thursday.
“We look forward to continue hosting this event successfully. I wish all swimmers best of luck,” said Qatar Swimming Association President and FINA Bureau Member Khaleel Al Jabir.
Qatar, venue of the 2023 FINA World Championships, is hosting the highly-anticipated event for the seventh consecutive year.
“We are delighted to return to Doha. After the success of Kazan stop, we are hoping for more thrilling contests here. The pool is in outstanding shape. FINA would like to thank QSA and sponsors for their contribution,” said FINA Technical Delegate Craig Hunter.
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and Vladmir Morozov of Russia are leading the women’s and men’s rankings respectively after the first leg.
Sjostrom, the last year’s overall winner, was in outstanding form in Kazan where she broke three World Cup records on her way to five victories. The Swedish swimmer is leading the rankings with 60 points and is eyeing an improved show in Doha.
“My last year’s competition in Doha was successful, and after that I won the overall title. I am targeting another good performance at this venue and hoping to be faster than Kazan,” said Sjostrom.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary will also look to bag more medals here after earning five titles in Kazan. Nicknamed ‘The Iron Lady’, Hosszu is third in the rankings (36 points) behind Russia’s Yulia Efimova (42 points).
“I’ve many great memories in Doha. I’m excited to be back. I’m hopeful of giving a good show and win more medals,” said Hosszu.
In men’s field, Morozov will return to action after winning three races in the previous meeting for top spot with 54 points.